Heat Pump Issues
Common Heat Pump Issue Misconceptions
Heat Pump issues are widely discussed on the internet, however a lot of the information is misleading as it is often hearsay and outdated.
We understand that you want to ensure that you find a renewable heating system that suits your own personal needs, and part of this process is to undertake research of your own in helping you reach this decision. However, with a large amount of conflicting information on renewable technology available, it is often difficult to determine what is fact and what is simply a myth.
Drawing on our 10 years of experience installing renewables, we have collated what people often consider Heat Pump issues, exploring the common misconceptions surrounding Heat Pumps allowing you to make an educated decision when looking at your renewable heating options.
MYTH: ‘Air Source Heat Pumps are noisy’
Of the most common misconceived Heat Pump issues is that an Air Source Heat Pump produces a lot of noise when running. Though it is true that some noise is created, as a fan and compressor are in motion, this noise is only comparable to that of a conventional boiler and certainly will not cause a disturbance to either yourself or any neighbouring properties. Ecovision take careful consideration when determining the location of the heat pump and undertake a noise assessment as part of the technical installation assessment which minimises any risk of noise being an issue.
MYTH: ‘Heat Pumps struggle in cold temperatures’
Another of the perceived Heat Pump issues is that Heat Pumps will not work in lower temperatures, however this is not true. A Heat Pump will be just as capable as a traditional fossil fuel system at heating your home and will have to meet the same minimum British heating standards as any other heating system. Even on the coldest days Heat Pumps will be able to harvest renewable heat energy from the air, ground or water, to heat radiators or underfloor heating and provide hot water. Heat Pumps work down to temperatures as low as -20°C and as this is far lower than even the coldest winter day in the UK, a Heat Pump’s capability to heat your property will never be an issue.
MYTH: ‘Heat Pumps won’t work in older properties’
Another of the misconceived Heat Pumps issues is that renewable technology won’t work in older or listed properties. It is true that good insulation standards will reduce the running costs of your property – regardless of the fuel source – but a Heat Pump will be just as capable as a traditional system at providing all of necessary heating and hot water throughout the year, regardless of how historic or poorly insulated the property might be. Ecovision will ensure that even if the insulation standards of your property are very poor, a Heat Pump will be a year round solution, whilst also meeting minimum levels of efficiency to ensure substantial savings and tax-free incentive payments. Regardless of the type of property you live in, there should be no doubt about the Heat Pump’s capability and performance. Read how a recent Ecovision Heat Pump installation in a Grade 2 Listed property now saves the owner 50% on their annual fuel bills.
MYTH: ‘Heat Pumps need underfloor heating to work’
It is assumed that when a Heat Pump is put in to a property, underfloor heating also needs to be installed in order for the system to work, but this is not the case. Whilst it is true that underfloor heating can be successfully combined to work with a Heat Pump, it is not required for the pump to work effectively. Often a Heat Pump is retrofit, meaning it is installed into a property with an existing heating system, and in this case it can be connected to the existing radiator distribution system. Both underfloor heating and radiator systems can deliver a constant, controlled hear when connected to a Heat Pump.